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Superior Facial Expression, But Not Identity Recognition, in Mirror-Touch Synesthesia

Banissy, Michael J.; Garrido, Lúcia; Kusnir, Flor; Duchaine, Bradley; Walsh, Vincent and Ward, Jamie. 2011. Superior Facial Expression, But Not Identity Recognition, in Mirror-Touch Synesthesia. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(5), pp. 1820-1824. ISSN 0270-6474 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Simulation models of expression recognition contend that to understand another's facial expressions, individuals map the perceived expression onto the same sensorimotor representations that are active during the experience of the perceived emotion. To investigate this view, the present study examines facial expression and identity recognition abilities in a rare group of participants who show facilitated sensorimotor simulation (mirror-touch synesthetes). Mirror-touch synesthetes experience touch on their own body when observing touch to another person. These experiences have been linked to heightened sensorimotor simulation in the shared-touch network (brain regions active during the passive observation and experience of touch). Mirror-touch synesthetes outperformed nonsynesthetic participants on measures of facial expression recognition, but not on control measures of face memory or facial identity perception. These findings imply a role for sensorimotor simulation processes in the recognition of facial affect, but not facial identity.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5759-09.2011

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Research Office > REF2014

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DateEvent
2011Published

Item ID:

7039

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2012 07:46

Last Modified:

13 Jul 2018 04:46

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/7039

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